Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is for motivated international students who want to do a bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University but still need to meet the admission requirements. The Foundation Programme will provide you with intensive training in academic skills, courses relevant to your chosen bachelor’s programme, and English language skills (depending on your level).

Outside of the classroom, the Foundation Programme offers support and organises events that will help you make new friends and adjust to life in the Netherlands. The yearlong training provides you with a unique international classroom experience specially designed for a bachelor’s at Maastricht University, the most international university in the Netherlands. 

We are preparing for on campus education taking into account all COVID-19-related preventive measures, as well as developing online options for students who cannot yet come to Maastricht due to COVID-19 restrictions.​

Read more about what education will look like at the Foundation Programme for academic year 2020-2021

Preparation for studying and living abroad

The switch from high school to university education can be challenging - especially when you are planning to study abroad. To give yourself the best chance of succeeding in your study, you should prepare properly for this challenge. In the Foundation Programme, you will be able to familiarise yourself with a new culture and adjust to a new style of learning. The intensive education and training that you will receive during this programme will make you eligible for your chosen bachelor’s programme. It will help you be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and get the most out of your university education.

The one-year, full-time Foundation Programme consists of four parts:
Content courses
Academic skills training
English language training
Cultural and social events

Application procedure

Start your application via the “apply now” button or by sending us an email. During the application procedure you will need to provide us with:

  • A certified copy of your original high school diploma including a grade list, along with an official English translation. Students who are yet to graduate are also welcome to apply. In this case, a conditional acceptance is possible
  • Proof of at least an overall 5.5 on an IELTS exam (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 5.0 for each test component (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Students who are yet to take the language test are also welcome to apply. In this case, a conditional acceptance is possible
  • A copy of your passport
  • curriculum vitae or resume
  • motivation letter (500 words), outlining the reasons you are applying to the Foundation Programme by answering the following 3 questions:
    • Why would you like to enroll in the Foundation Programme?
    • What are you hoping to learn in the follow up bachelor’s programme?
    • Why would you like to study in Maastricht?
  • Please note that to enrol in the Foundation Programme you must be at least 17 years old
  • I believe all the experiences I have had here has made me a lot more prepared for success than anyone who will join the bachelor immediately after high school
    Vivienne (Nigeria), Foundation Programme
  • The Foundation Programme has given me the freedom to really take my time to adjust to a new life away from home.
    Sina (Saudi-Arabia), Foundation Programme
  • The Foundation Programme was a very fruitful experience and helped me a lot managing my study and student life
    Hakeem (Yemen), Foundation Programme
  • The Foundation Programme welcomes students from different nationalities
    Lucas (China), Foundation Programme